Iran unveils home-made torpedo-launching watercraft (PHOTO)
Tehran, Iran, October 3
By Mehdi Sepahvand -- Trend:
The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps has unveiled a domestically-made torpedo-launching watercraft it has called the Zolfaqar.
The watercraft is able to navigate both above and under water, Fars news agency reported October 3.
It comes with a length of 17 meters, a width of 3.3 meters, and a height of 3.5 meters and weighs some 22 metric tons.
The object can move as fast as 40 knots (over 70 kilometers per hour) and is able to launch Torpedo 324, which is 4 meters long and has a radius of 324 mm and can destroy aircraft carriers, surface watercraft weighing 200 metric tons, oil platforms, as well as docks.
Using this new watercraft, the IRGC can sway more power over the Persian Gulf.
Iran has been paying extra attention to its military sway over the Persian Gulf, assigning it strategic importance due to the presence of the US Navy and the fact that the Strait of Hormuz is one of the commercially busiest bottlenecks in the world.
Under international restrictions, the Islamic Republic has tapped domestic capabilities to boost its military power.